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Shakedown (1988)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 6 May 1988 (USA)
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A legal attorney and renegade cop team up to stop a corrupt cop.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick O'Leary
George Loros ...
Officer Varelli
Officer Kelly (as Tom Waites)
Dr. Watson
Sean Phillips (as John McGinley)
Walter Flanagan ...
Prison Guard
Dean Howland
Big Leroy (as Judd Henry Baker)


A drug dealer shoots a corrupt police officer. Though the drug dealer admits his guilt, he pleads self-defense. His lawyer, Roland Dalton, and renegade loner NYPD narcotics agent Richie Marks, pursue evidence in his favor. They encounter difficulties from other corrupt police officers, drug dealers, and various street scum. Dalton's life is further complicated by the fact that the prosecuting attorney is a former lover. Written by Melissa Portell <mportell@s-cwis.unomaha.edu>

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Release Date:

6 May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blue Jean Cop  »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,017,800, 8 May 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Peter Weller and Sam Elliott initially did not get along. As filming progressed, however, tensions smoothed out when Elliott came to support Weller's participation in the 1987 New York City Marathon, and because the two actors had the same agent. See more »


[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »


Richie Marks: I know what you're thinkin'! I'm young and quick, and he's old and slow!
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References Prince of Darkness (1987) See more »


Purple Haze
Written by Jimi Hendrix (uncredited)
Performed by Jimi Hendrix
Courtesy of A.R.M.B.Y.
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OK action flick
30 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

Another buddy-action movie, but this time it's a lawyer and a cop. Nothing original here, but plenty of action and an interesting plot will keep you watching. Ending was ok, but it could have been much better. Good for watching when you've already seen all the Die Hards and Lethal Weapons. 6 1/2 out of 10. Can you spot the subtle references to other Glickenhaus movies like The Soldier and Exterminator?

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